Aug 29, 2011

What is Lampworking?

Dates Back to the 1st Century B.C.
Lampworking (sometimes called flameworking or torchworking) is a practiced art form that dates back to the 1st Century B.C. Murana, Italy, became the center for lampworking in the 14th century. Often confused with glassblowing, lampworking does not use a blowpipe to manipulate the glass. Instead, glass rods are heated and manipulated over a flame or torch that uses propane or natural gas mixed with oxygen.

Powered By Oil Lamps
In the beginning, lampworking was done using oil lamps (thus the name). Artist had to blow air into the flame using a pipe. Lampworking artwork includes beads for jewelry, Christmas tree ornaments, paperweights, and much more.

Dobrilas Technique
Lampworking is the technique that Dobrila Pintar used to create her jewelry. The technique guarantees that each bead produced is unique and special. Dobrila sometimes combines glass beads with silver and other metals to produced interesting necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

Aug 27, 2011

Keeping Up With Dobrila!

Dobrila Pintar has a busy schedule. Besides teaching and custom jewelry making, she’ll be exhibiting at a couple of Chicago festivals.

Festivals and Block Parties
On September 10, 2011, Dobrila will be at the Festival on Prairie Ave. The festival is located at S. Prairie Ave. and 18th St. The annual block party is a family event with games and activities for children, as well as tours of two of Chicago’s historic homes: the Clarke House and Glessner House museums for adults.

2010 Bash on Wabash
Bash on Wabash and Lincoln Park Art Faire On September 17 and 18, 2011, Dobrila will be in two places at once! She’ll be exhibiting at the Bash on Wabash in the South Loop and the 14th Annual Lincoln Park Art Faire. Dobrila and her daughter will be splitting time between events.

In addition to the above, Dobrila is working on some art class proposals to submit to the Daystar Center. She is considering classes for both children and adults. We’ll keep you posted when more details become available.

Aug 24, 2011

One-of-a-kind pieces take time

In the new studio
Dobrila Pintar, artist and jewelry maker, just moved into a new studio. Watch this short video demonstration on how she makes glass beads. It’s a fairly labor-intensive process, but the results can be pretty spectacular. By using various flaming techniques, Dobrila can customize each bead, which makes every piece of her jewelry unique one-of-a-kind creations.

Aug 17, 2011

Jewelry Making: It's Part of History

Check out this short video that illustrates Dobrila's jewelry making skill.

For more information about Dobrila and her custom jewelry and jewelry making classes, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Aug 13, 2011

My latest creation was the CANDLE STICK!

This candle stick is 100% hand made. It took me 3 months to make this piece, and I love every part! The beads are hand made with LAMPWORK technique.

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